Title: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 9, 2016 – 240 pgs
A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.
After spending guilt-ridden years for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.
Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.
This was a great story. The details were mostly correct and the characters all meshed well.
Past events created what the team owner hoped would be an explosive bench setting between head coach and assistant coach, Misha and Max. However, what developed was a mutually respectful, steamy relationship.
This was a great story of overcoming guilt, moving forward in life and showing others that their past doesn’t need to dictate their future.
I love the chemistry that Mischa and Max share – their compliment each other well, despite being quite different. Max’s family is awesome and I love that he allows Mischa to know a different type of family.
Mischa’s past is sad, but he did not allow it to define his future or his career. Mischa is calm, assertive, almost cold throughout the story, but his river runs deep and he shows his emotional and deeper self later in the story. In contrast, Max is sweet, gentle and nice with everyone he surrounds himself with.
Gale provides steamy scenes, great sport, semi conflict, a brooding yummy tatted Russian and a sweet, sexy American who come together to create an amazing team.
I really hope that Drake gets his own story. I love how he developed through this story.
There is nothing I can say about this series except it is exciting and moving. There is Hot men and even Hotter sex. As I mentioned in me review of Save the Game this author is on my automatic buy list and this book certainly cemented that decision. Power Play was another excellent story in the series. This author just has a way of reaching out to grab you the moment the story starts. The characters, Max and Misha, we complex in their roles in this book and I loved them from the start. The secondary characters were amazing and can only hope that the next book in the series include Drake as the MC. I can’t wait to see where this author goes, not only with this series but in other books as well.
Wow, talk about a series that just gets better and better. I’m a hockey gal that has lived both sides of the ice. So this story was a breath of fresh air coming in from the coaches’ perspective. I have truly enjoyed the hockey action in this series and feel like I am right there skating with them…except for the bag skates, haha, I prefer to stay living.
Mikhail “Misha” Samarin, one sexy as sin, tatted up broody Russian with a come hither accent completely broke my heart. From the start of meeting Misha – knowing how he belittled himself, feeling guilty for an accident and as we read on, not feeling worthy to love himself to his comical misunderstanding of English, especially slang, made me cry laughing, sad and in the end happy tears.
Max Ashford is one handsome, All American boy, who was raised right to have manners and be able to forgive. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is always parting some wisdom. He doesn’t see how much his heart is made of gold.
This story was well written and such a joy to see these two grow not only together but within themselves. Even though these two were such opposites which made everything electric when they were together, and oh my…it was HOT; they also balanced each other to become a whole.
I am already anticipating Avon Gale’s next one and wondering how she will top this one. Of course, my internal wish is for Drake, because this blue-hair, lip pierced goalie most definitely needs some unconditional love after breaking my heart. I just want to wrap my arms around him and protect him. Please give him his much-deserved HEA for what he has lived through.
Please don’t boo, but I’m a homegrown St. Louis fan living in Alaska. Go Blues!!
Avon Gale did it again. She has taken what could have been an ordinary book and made it extraordinary. This is not just a book about hockey, it is about so much more.
Max has been signed as the assistant coach to a team called the spitfires and does not find out that the head coach is none other then Misha? The man that helped in aiding to the end of his hockey career on a freak accident on the ice that cost him some of his eyesight. The GM of the team knew there could be promotional opportunities if these two men were at each other’s throats but instead he got the unexpected. He got two men who was determined to turn the team they was hired to coach around into a winning team. And that is when the real action and the book really begins,
This book in my opinion is about so much more then just hockey. It is aboutforgiveness. Not just forgiveness of an accident that was just that, an accident but it is about forgiving ones self for a past that they are not proud of. It isabout forgiveness for being who you are. It is about forgiveness for wanting the life that you want without feeling bad about it. But that is not all the book isabout. It is about confronting ones past and realizing that sometimes one has to do what they have to do just to survive.? It is about starting over and not looking at the past but instead looking at the here and now and what you want the future to be. And last but not least, it is about believing in ones self and the ones that you love.
Avon Gale did a wonderful job with this book. There are so many emotions that each of the characters in this book bring out in the reader. I loved this book probably the best out of the series so far and I hope that there will be another book in the series.
I didn’t think it possible, but this series just keeps getting better. The third book takes us back to the ECHL, but this time our two leading men are coaches, not players.
Both retired NHL players, Max and Misha are both brilliant characters and they might be my favourite pair in the series so far. When Misha injured Max in an NHL playoff game, it ended both players’ careers. Max’s career was short lived and his recovery has been difficult. In contrast, Misha ended a long NHL career with a Stanley Cup and a guilty conscience.
I love the way these two men contrast and compliment each other. Max is an easy going all-American jock and Misha is a highly strung immigrant who sacrificed everything so he could leave Russia. Misha’s Russian background, even his guarded, closeted behaviours felt honest rather than exaggerated plot devices. The friendship, the romance and the passion between these two is perfectly crafted.
The witty banter I loved in the first book is back. Avon Gale writes brilliant dialogue and the conversations between Misha and Max are fantastic. Misha struggles to appreciate the nuances of American culture and some of Max’s well intentioned explanations had me laughing aloud.
With all the tensions of a new hockey season and the personal history of the two coaches to add drama, the relationship between Misha and Max is allowed to develop naturally without any overly contrived angst. I loved the excitement as Misha and Max built their team and I loved the drama of each game. There is a brilliant balance between the romance, action and humour in this story which makes for a fun, exciting and very sexy read.
This was my favorite story in this series so far. It’s truly a stand alone as its a new team and new people from the other two books.
The underlying message of forgive and forget and making the best of what you are given is just great. Even with the past our men share they are able to work through it and find something special.
I loved Max’s family. They were so great. Seeing the way Max impacted Mischa was wonderful and heart warming.
I really enjoyed this story. I think if I had to complain about anything would be the way the sex scenes almost blacked out when things got hot instead of finishing what was started or how it almost became clinical instead of being as passionate as the men were toward each other the rest of the time, but that’s a personal preference.
“I’d never watched this, you know.”
“The YouTube video?” Misha had seen that too. It was filed with angry commenters yelling that he should be deported back to Russia.
Misha blinked. “You’ve seen the commercial, though. Yes?”
“Yeah, I wish I could say I haven’t seen that. But I meant, I didn’t watch this until a few months ago. They played that game on the NHL channel, so I watched it.”
It never occurred to Misha that Max wouldn’t have seen it, but then he remembered that Max was the hero, not the villain of the story. Misha watched the hit play out on the screen.
What must that feel like, to watch the moment it all ended? When Max hit the ice, did he know that game was his last? Did Misha know it was his? How had he felt? He couldn’t remember.
The scene switched to the replay. Misha watched dispassionately, retreated into the blinding pain of his migraine, and told himself that it was all right to suffer, that he should, that he deserved it.
Max paused the video. “Look. See what I have there?”
Misha blinked. He had not expected questions. “I—what?”
“The puck, Misha. The puck. Your hit wasn’t late.”
Oh. “Yes. I know.”
Max stared at him. On the television screen, their younger selves were suspended at the moment everything changed.
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